Posts Tagged ‘eye care Valdosta’


Common Eye Care Myths & Facts

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 
   
403965_357454560963573_1904478921_nJanuary is National Eye Care Month – take the time to test yourself on these common eye care myths.  See how much you know about your eyes!
  • “Wearing eyeglasses will cause you to become dependent on them.”  FALSE – Eyeglasses are used to correct blurry vision.  It may feel as if you are becoming dependent on your eyeglasses because you’re wearing them more often, but you are actually just getting used to seeing clearly.
  • “Eating carrots improves your vision.”  FALSE – Carrots are rich in vitamin A which is essential for sight, but many other foods also contain vitamin A.  A well-balanced diet – with or without carrots – provides all the necessary vitamin A for good vision.
  • “People with weak eyes should avoid reading fine print.”  FALSE – You will not “wear out” your eyes sooner if you read fine print or do a  lot of detail work.  The eye is not a muscle – it more closely resembles a camera.  You can use your eyes without fear of wearing them out.
  • “Older people who gain ‘second sight’ may be developing cataracts.”  TRUE – Older individuals who wear eyeglasses sometimes are able to read without their eyeglasses and falsely think their eyesight is improving.  The truth is that they are becoming more nearsighted which can be an early sign of cataracts.
  • “Children outgrow crossed or misaligned eyes.”  FALSE – Children do not outgrow crossed eyes.  A child whose eyes are misaligned may develop poor vision because the unused eye will not develop good vision unless it is forced to work, usually by patching the stronger eye.  Children who appear to have misaligned eyes should be examined by an ophthalmologist – the earlier misaligned eyes are treated, the better.
  • “A cataract must be ‘ripe’ before it is removed.”  FALSE – With today’s modern surgical procedures, a cataract can be removed whenever it begins to interfere with a person’s lifestyle.
If you have any concerns with your eyesight including signs of glaucoma, cataracts, misaligned eyes, or any other vision problems, please contact South Georgia Eye Partners today and make an appointment for an eye exam.  We look forward to hearing from you!
South Georgia Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton & Douglas – specializes in LASIK and cataract surgery with premium lens implants, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, comprehensive eye exams for adults and children and a Dry Eye Clinic. SGEP also has an Optical Shop fully stocked with designer frames and sunglasses to fit your style and personality.  To make an appointment with one of SGEP’s physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here.

 


Are You EyeSmart? Get an Eye Exam!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 
   

Getting an eye exam is an important part of staying healthy.  When should you get an eye exam an what should it cover?  Read up on the basics.

When should you have an eye exam?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Optometric Association recommend that you get a baseline eye exam if you have reached the age of 40 and have no previous eyesight issues.  If you have an eye disease or if you have a risk factor for developing one (such as diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of eye disease) you should see an ophthalmologist or optometrist prior to the age of 40.

What are the basics of an eye exam?

  • Your medical history – assessment of your vision, overall health and family’s medical history
  • Your visual acuity – reading standardized eye charts
  • Your pupils – observing your pupils by shining a bright beam of light
  • Your side vision – loss of side vision can be a sign of glaucoma
  • Your eye movement – this test, called motility, evaluates the movement of your eyes
  • Keratometry – this test measure the curvature of the cornea by focusing a circle of light on the cornea and measuring reflection
  • Your prescription for corrective lenses if you wear glasses or contacts – you will be asked to view an eye chart through a device called a phoroptor which contains different lenses to detect what’s best for your eyes
  • Your eye pressure – this test, called tonometry, measures the pressure within the eye that can detect glaucoma
  • The front part of your eye – a type of microscope called a slit lamp is used to illuminate the front part of your eye and can reveal if you’re developing cataracts or have scars or scratches on your cornea
  • Your retina and optic nerve – your eye doctor will put drops in your eye to dilate, or widen, your eye to allow him or her to thoroughly examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage from disease

South Georgia Eye Partners’ Optometrists, Eric Kolisz, O.D., Alan Peaslee, O.D., M.S., and Ann Patel, O.D., perform full service eye exams, and our ophthalmologists, Dr. Scott Petermann and Dr. Wes Ross are board certified and able to meet your ophthalmology needs.  If it’s time to get your eyes checked, call and make an appointment.  Take care of those eyes!


Importance of Recognizing Symptoms of “Pink Eye”

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 
   

Over the past several weeks, we have seen an increasing number of patients with conjunctivitis, otherwise known as “pink eye.” With school back in session, South Georgia Eye Partners wants families, teachers and day care workers to be informed and learn to recognize the symptoms in order to avoid contracting the infection or spreading it to others.

“We are seeing one – three new cases a day in our Valdosta and Tifton offices,” said Dr. Alan Peaslee. “Many people don’t even remember having been around anyone with pink eye. Just in the last few weeks, we have treated children, adults and entire families with conjunctivitis  – including cases of bilateral (both eyes) conjunctivitis.”

Conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as “pink eye” is an inflammation or infection of the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid that covers the white part of the eye. Several factors including viral or bacterial infection, allergic reaction and certain chemicals cause a person to contract conjunctivitis.  Peaslee said that most cases they’ve seen have been viral, probably an adeno virus; however, they have not asked patients to incur the cost of laboratory diagnosis since it does not change the treatment.

The bacterial and viral forms are highly contagious, especially among children; therefore, it is important that you take note if you are experiencing symptoms such as:

  • Red, very swollen, painful eyes and/or eyelids
  • Watery mucus discharge
  • Upper respiratory symptoms
  • Fever

If experiencing symptoms, first and foremost, do everything you can to avoid spreading the infection to family members, friends and co-workers.  Actions include frequent, thorough hand washing and no sharing of towels, washcloths and pillows. Additionally, it’s a good idea for the infected person not to share a sink with others. Next, individuals should seek care from an optometrist or ophthalmologist as soon as symptoms begin to manifest. Contact lenses wearers should stop wearing lenses and discard them along with cases and open bottles of solution.

Treatment for conjunctivitis depends on its cause. For the particular type of conjunctivitis South Georgia Eye Partners’ physicians are seeing, an antibiotic to prevent secondary infection, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drops, anti-histamine drops, and in some cases, corticosteroid eye drops are typical treatments. In a few severe cases, patients have been placed on oral antihistaminic and oral anti-inflammatory medications.

Unfortunately, individuals are contagious before they have symptoms; therefore, it is very important to practice good hygiene to control the spreading of conjunctivitis.

  • Don’t touch or rub your eyes with your hands
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Change your towel or washcloth daily
  • Discard eye cosmetics (particularly mascara)
  • Don’t use anyone else’s eye cosmetics or personal eye care items

“Patients are most contagious in the days prior to the onset of symptoms and during the first week of symptoms; therefore, we recommend people stay home from work or school during this time, if possible,” said Peaslee. “While some patients remain contagious up to 14 days, we believe in most cases, the contagious phase ends one week after the onset of symptoms. Unlike bacterial conjunctivitis, patients with viral conjunctivitis remain contagious even while being treated, whereas bacterial conjunctivitis patients are no longer contagious after 24-48 hours of antibiotic treatment.”

Peaslee says the worst symptoms last seven – ten days but it may take patients up to a month to completely resolve the infection. Some patients may also experience ocular sensitivity, inflammation and “dry eyes” up to three months after the infection.

Since this is the most virulent wave of conjunctivitis they’ve seen in years, we are working to educate the public on the infection. To aid with prevention, Dr. Eric Kolisz has been in constant contact with directors of nursing for the Valdosta and Tifton school systems as well as the head of epidemiology for South Georgia. He has also distributed information and directives to all the local school nurses and pediatrician offices.

Additionally, strict measures are taken in the South Georgia Eye Partners offices to ensure everything is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. For example, a separate waiting area has been created for patients experiencing pink eye symptoms and only one exam room is used to see those patients.  Each time that room is used, it is disinfected before the next patient comes in. Additionally, hand cleaner dispensers are placed throughout each office for patients, family members and staff to use frequently.

If not properly diagnosed and managed, complications from conjunctivitis can arise. Therefore, both Peaslee and Kolisz recommend individuals with symptoms seek care immediately and encourage those exposed take all necessary precautions to prevent contracting the infection.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 229.244.2068 (Valdosta), 229.391.4180 (Tifton) or 912.384.1840 (Douglas). Click here to see Dr. Ann Patel’s interview on Fox 31/WFXL’s Good Day morning show.


Senior Living Showcase This Saturday in Valdosta

Friday, August 17th, 2012 
   

On Saturday, August 18, South Georgia Eye Partners will be participating as a vendor at the annual Senior Living Showcase hosted by the Valdosta Daily Times. With age comes changes in vision, so come by and see us to learn more about optical solutions for the aging eye, cataract surgery with premium lenses and more!

The event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rainwater Conference Center. Admission is free.


Add Eye Care To Your Back-To-School List

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 
   

At South Georgia Eye Partners, we know that good grades are important in the classroom – and on the eye chart. Our optometrists want to make sure your kids start the year off right by looking and seeing their best. So, include eye care on your back-to-school to do list. Call today to schedule an appointment for your child’s back-to-school eye exam.

And, for a limited time, we are offering a back-to-school special on frames and lenses for kids and teens! Call for prices and additional information.

 

 

 

Kids Eyewear Package Includes: 

  • Choice of frames from The Wiggles, Wildflower Girls, Hello Kitty, Hershey’s, New Balance Kids or Nickelodeon.
  • 1-year warranty
  • Ultra safe & lightweight polycarbonate or trivex lenses.
  • 2-sided scratch resistant coating
  • 100% UV protection
  • FREE Wallet with Lens Cleaning Cloth
Teen Eyewear Package Includes: 
  • Choice of frames from Wildflower, Jill Stuart, Levi’s, Umbro Youth or New Balance.
  • 1-year warranty.
  • Ultra safe & lightweight polycarbonate or trivex lenses.
  • 2-sided scratch resistant coating
  • 100% UV protection
  • Music Card Good for 3 FREE Song Downloads.
BONUS OFFER: receive complementary upgrades to  Transitions® light control lenses or  Ultra™ non-glare, anti-reflective coating on both the kids and teen packages. Offer valid through October 15, 2012.
*Some restrictions may apply. Must be 18 or younger to qualify for discount. Not to be combined with any other offers. 

Make Eye Health A Priority

Monday, May 14th, 2012 
   

May is Healthy Vision Month, and therefore, it’s the perfect time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam to make sure you are seeing your best. Don’t wait until there’s a problem to start paying attention to your eye health.

Many common eye diseases that can lead to vision loss and blindness, such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), often have no early warning signs or symptoms. And, the risk of vision loss or blindness is higher for some people based on race, ethnicity and other demographic and socioeconomic factors. Therefore, it’s important to be proactive when it comes to your vision.

You might be at higher risk for eye disease if you have a family history of vision problems; have diabetes; are African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native; or are older than 50. Some diseases affect certain populations disproportionately.

  • Glaucoma, which affects your side or peripheral vision first, is three times more common in African Americans and is their leading cause of blindness.
  • Diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness caused by uncontrolled diabetes, occurs more often in Hispanics/Latinos.
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives are 35 percent more likely to have diabetes than the average adult in the United States, putting them at an increased risk of diabetic eye disease.
  • Older adults are at higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions  such as AMD, glaucoma or cataracts. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in Whites.

If you are at a higher risk of eye disease, having a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the best thing you can do to protect your vision. It is a painless procedure where your eye doctor puts drops in the eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil so he or she can get a good look at the back of the eye to check for signs of eye disease. You can also request an Optomap as part of your eye exam. The Optomap image allows your physician to view 82% of the retina versus traditional methods that only reveal 10-12% of the retina at one time. It is therefore another important tool for the screening and early visualization of eye problems.

In addition to having regular eye exams, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and wearing protective eyewear are just a few other things you can do to protect your vision.

 

*Source: National Eye Institute


Head to Toe Women’s Show

Thursday, April 26th, 2012 
   

Join us Saturday, April 28 from 10 am- 4 pm for the first annual Head to Toe Women’s Show at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta. Hosted by the Valdosta Daily Times, this women’s expo features over 60 vendors ranging from clothing and jewelry to home decor, gifts – and even eye care. We’ll be on hand to show you ladies some of our trendy designer frames and sunglasses as well as provide information on iLASIK and our family eye care services.

Admission is free, but as part of the statewide Georgia Legal Food Frenzy campaign, spearheaded by Coleman Talley law firm, attendees are asked to bring canned food items which will be donated to the local Second Harvest Food Bank.

 


South Georgia Eye Partners Receives Award

Friday, March 30th, 2012 
   

The Chamber Choice Awards breakfast, hosted by the Valdosta Chamber of Commerce, was held March 22 at the Rainwater Conference Center. We were so honored to receive the 2012 Members’ Choice award for exceptional customer service! Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

 


What To Do When Eye Allergies Spring Up

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 
   

March 20, 2012

Today marks the official first day of spring; however, you may have been feeling the onset of warmer weather – and allergies – for the past couple of weeks. This time of year is great for all kinds of outdoor activities, but it is notorious for causing itchy, watery eyes and can be particularly hard on contact lens wearers.

But, you don’t have to endure eye allergies all season long. When symptoms kick in, many people visit the local drug store to pick up a systemic antihistamine for relief; however, while these medications can clear up symptoms like runny noses, sneezing and coughing, they can actually make ocular conditions worse by reducing tear quantity and quality. So, if you’re experiencing dry, itchy, watery and/or red eyes, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your optometrist. Since treating vision-related allergies is not a one-size-fits-all approach, be sure to describe your conditions in detail so your optometrist can prescribe the most effective treatment.

In addition to visiting your optometrist for a prescribed eye allergy treatment, there are also some small everyday things you can to limit the severity of symptoms.

  • Limit exposure to environmental allergies by keeping windows closed during the worst parts of the season and by washing your eyes after being outside.
  • Don’t touch or rub your eyes.
  • Avoid sharing, and in some cases, wearing eye makeup.
  • Wash bed linens and pillowcases in hot water and detergent to reduce allergens.
  • For contact lens wearers, remember that extended wearing times, infrequent replacement of lenses and use of potentially irritating contact lens care products can significantly exaggerate symptoms. Proper lens care is an important part of keeping eyes comfortable and safe.
See the difference this spring by scheduling an appointment!
Source: American Optometric Association (aoa.org)

Member’s Choice Award

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 
   

We’ve been nominated for the Valdosta Chamber of Commerce Member’s Choice Award! This award recognizes exceptional customer service and will be announced at the Chamber Choice Awards breakfast on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 a.m. at the Rainwater Conference Center.

The award is voted on by Chamber Members; however, the voice of our patients can help us win. So, if you think South Georgia Eye Partners has the best customer service in town, it only takes a couple minutes to cast a vote. Simply click here, find South Georgia Eye Partners in the business listing, select the button beside our name – and voilà! – you’ve entered us into the running for the Member’s Choice Award.

The South Georgia Eye Partners team thanks you for your support!